The Soviet Chess School

    The Soviet Chess School
    img
    Our Price: $25.95

    Catalog Product Code: B0132IS

    *Eligible for Media Mail Shipping Details
    In Stock Ready To Ship
    Share product with a friends & opponents!
    img img img img
    Publication Date: September 22, 2011
    Notation Type: AN - Algebraic
    Page Count: 192 Pages

    Book Description

    The Soviet Chess School (ISBN 4871874613) is a completely different book from The Soviet School of Chess (ISBN 4871878198).

    The Soviet Chess School is not an upgrade, revision or sequel to The Soviet School of Chess. It is an entirely different work, even though it is by the same two authors and the title is almost exactly the same. The Soviet Chess School has biographies and lots of games and pictures of players such as Kasparov, Karpov and Spassky whereas these players are not mentioned in the 32-years earlier work The Soviet School of Chess.

    Comparing these books to each other is like comparing apples to oranges. They are completely different, so it cannot be said that one is better than the other. The Soviet School of Chess was first published in 1951 in Russian and then translated and published in English in 1958. The Soviet Chess School was first published in 1983 in Moscow USSR. It does not appear ever to have been published in Russian.

    The Soviet Chess School covers a broader time period, starting with the invention of chess, 1500 years ago. It states that chess came to Russia in the 11th or 12th centuries and not from Europe but directly from Persia or Arabia. This is demonstrated by the different names for the chess pieces, such as "Ladia" meaning boat in contrast to the European word "rook" for the same piece and "Ferz" or vizier for the piece that is called "Queen" in most European languages. The Soviet Chess School states that the Tzars of Russia, Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584), Peter the Great (1672-1725) and Paul I (1754-1801) were all chess players. It recounts incidents of them playing chess, including a visit in 1781 by Paul I to Paris where he visited a chess club.

    About the Author(s)

     

    GMAlexander Alexandrovich Kotov was born on 12 August. He was a Soviet chess grandmaster and author. One of the strongest players in the world, he set the record for the best score in an Interzonal Tournament for the World Chess Championship, a record Bobby Fischer tried to beat without success. He was a Soviet champion, a two-time world title Candidate, and a prolific chess author. Kotov served in high posts in the Soviet Chess Federation and most of his books were written during the period of Cold War between the US and the USSR.

    Kotov's books also included frequent praise for the Soviet system in general. The 1958 book The Soviet School of Chess (which he co-wrote with Mikhail Yudovich) stated that "The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development." Notwithstanding Kotov's forays into the political realm, his books were insightful and informative and were written in a congenial style. He often made his points by citing first-hand stories of incidents involving famous grandmasters, most of whom he knew personally. Such entertaining and enlightening personal accounts helped to ensure that his books would remain popular among chess players of widely varying nationalities and playing strengths. He died on 8 January 1981.

     

    Related Products

    • 212 Surprising Checkmates
      With this instructive manual, players can learn to concentrate on one-, two- and three-move checkmates, focusing on their opponents' last moves and keeping alert to new possibilities, rather than getting blinded by previous calculations. Written by two experienced chess teachers, this volumes first 100 exercises concern checkmates in one move, while the remaining exercises represent game-like positions for checkmates in two and three moves.
      img

      212 Surprising Checkmates

      Catalog Code: B0053RE
      Our Price: $9.95

    • The Greatest Tournaments 2001-2009
      The tournaments are presented in chronological order. Along with a crosstable of the event, each tournament is represented by the best game of the tournament winner, the best game played at the tournament, and the game with the most important theoretical novelty. There is also a selection of game fragments, the most beautiful combinations and endings.
      img

      The Greatest Tournaments 2001-2009

      Catalog Code: B0003SHV
      Our Price: $39.95

    • Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World
      In 1972, an epic chess match took place in Iceland between representatives of the two great super-powers of the world: Bobby vs. Boris. Boris was backed by the Mighty Soviet Union, with late night phone calls coming from his handlers in Moscow, telling him what his next move should be.
      img

      Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World

      Catalog Code: B0006IS
      Our Price: $29.95

    • SHOPWORN - Who Dares Win?
      Attacking the Kings on Opposite Sides
      Both players are gunning for each other's kings. Whose attack will break through first? This is a typical scenario in chess games. In such tense battles where one slip can be fatal, often it's a case of 'who dares wins'. But it's not enough to throw your pieces up the board and hope for the best. To succeed you need to acquire sophisticated attacking and defensive skills. The good news is that they can easily be learned, remembered and put into practice.
      img

      SHOPWORN - Who Dares Win?

      Attacking the Kings on Opposite Sides
      Catalog Code: SWB0294EM

      Regular Price: $26.95

      Special Price: $13.48


    • NIC Yearbook 100 - PAPERBACK EDITION
      Garry Kasparov's Anniversary Survey - The Final World on the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez
      A brand-new 248 page regular edition of The Chess Player's Guide to Opening News with, FREE of charge, 56 pages with a wide range of high-voltage Anniversary extras:
      img

      NIC Yearbook 100 - PAPERBACK EDITION

      Garry Kasparov's Anniversary Survey - The Final World on the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0100PYB
      Our Price: $29.95

    • E-BOOK 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess
      In this book grandmaster Nigel Davies provides that direction. He examines the methods used by a number of players who were looking to improve their game, and how they went about achieving their goal. He has drawn heavily on the games and thoughts of players who have been his students over the years and experienced a clear improvement in their play.

      Nigel Davies is a Grandmaster with more than 35 years of tournament experience. He is a highly regarded chess teacher and the author of many successful chess books.
      img

      E-BOOK 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess

      Catalog Code: E-B0305EM
      Our Price: $19.95

    • Caro-Kann Advance
      The Advance variation of the Caro-Kann (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5) is a highly aggressive method of countering one of Black's most solid defenses. White immediately seizes ground in the center and lays the basis of a middlegame attack. Over the past few years Alexei Shirov, Nigel Short, Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky have made major contribution to update the theory of this variation and their example has inspired thousands of club and tournament players to adopt it into their own repertoires. In this book, International Master Byron Jacobs explains the strategy and tactics of this highly fashionable variation. Through the use of model games for both sides, the author provides a thorough grounding in the key ideas, so that readers can quickly and confidently start to use the Advance Caro-Kann in their own games.
      img

      Caro-Kann Advance

      Catalog Code: B0180EM

      Regular Price: $19.95

      Special Price: $7.98


    • Chess Endings Essential Knowledge
      By concentrating on the basic principles the average player is not only given a working knowledge of the endgame but also a firm foundation on which to further develop his or her interest and technique in this fascinating stage of a chess game.
      img

      Chess Endings Essential Knowledge

      Catalog Code: B0050EM
      Our Price: $14.95

    • Nimzovich Attack: Norfolk Gambits
      This is Volume 1 in the author's new series Chess Openings For Hustlers. "You will find similar lines of attack and similar combination situations in several different lines. These can be either very useful (if you take the time to learn them) or very treacherous. The one thing the Norfolk Gambit should not do is bore you"-author. "Be warned: If you are a `bean counter' obsessed with saving pawns for an extended end-game, do not play these gambits! However, if you are willing to commit to an attack which will decimate the 'bean counters' of the chess world, this book is for you"- Phillip A. York.
      img

      Nimzovich Attack: Norfolk Gambits

      Catalog Code: CB0018CD

      Regular Price: $4.95

      Special Price: $1.98


    • EBOOK - The Triangle System
      Noteboom, Marshall Gambit and other Semi-Slav Triangle lines
      Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening.
      img

      EBOOK - The Triangle System

      Noteboom, Marshall Gambit and other Semi-Slav Triangle lines
      Catalog Code: E-B0343EM
      Our Price: $22.95

    Tell us what you think about this item!
    lb